Arkansas-based Cobb-Vantress Inc. and Hendrix Genetics B.V., which is headquartered in Boxmeer in the Netherlands, aim to achieve further breakthroughs in the field of genomics during the next three years of a joint development agreement.

The companies initially set up the agreement in 2008 to share and promote expertise, particularly in the field of genomics. The extended agreement will intensify efforts to develop new tools and discover fresh insights into animal genomics in order to improve breeding programs and help increase world food production, according to the two companies.

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The agreement will also strengthen Cobb’s position in broiler breeding and Hendrix Genetics’ role in layer hen, turkey, pig and aquaculture genetics, while enabling the two companies to further explore joint venture business opportunities.